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The Pallbearer

The Pallbearer

A Poem by Gee
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Carrying heartbreak

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At first I'd ask, want to know everything,
age, sex, how they died,
not now though.
Now I just do as I'm bid, what I'm paid for,
carry, place, respectfully nod, then leave.
I find it's easier that way,
don't take them home with me
to think about them, their lives
and the sadness they've left behind.
That is unless it's a wee one.
It's different then.
The small, pristine white wooden shrouds
adorned with soft toys, flowers, tears,
they always come home, are adopted for life,
making for fitful sleep, tossing, turning,
and solemn, sober reflection in the small hours.
The wife tells me I care too much, am too soft,
that despite my size I am more mother hen than pallbearer.
I guess she's right, she usually is.
I smile at this thought and try to switch off.











© 2019 Gee


Author's Note

Gee
Just for the record I am not a pallbearer, just imagining the emotions they must go through or try to block out.

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Adapting to such an environment is not easy initially, as I learned when I became a Medical Photographer" and faced with post mortem investigations.
Switching off, " is not being callous, but is essential if you are not going to become a "casualty" yourself. Respect does not have to suffer, though.
Your poem expresses this beautifully.
Norman

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Gee

1 Year Ago

Thank you Norman



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How sad! I hate funerals and I've made it clear to all concerned that I'm not going to my own! Somebody else can go in my place!!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Lol, not me. Cheers
A thoughtful write Gee. I guess in the main these people are trained to do their job and in most cases detach themselves from the personal details, but carry out their duties with professionalism. But they are human and cracks will appear. Young lives cut short before they have had a chance to find their wings will get through even the toughest character. Without a doubt they will feel it. I do. Good morning.

Chris

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Hi Christine, I for one couldn't do it, far, far to soft.
Thank you
"be the most reliable person at your father's funeral" - Jordan Peterson

I don't always like this guy but sometimes I love this guy... this poem reminded me of a small part of one of his lectures.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDcOuTdjq8E




Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Good morning David. Just watched a couple of snippets from you tube, like this fella. He definitely .. read more
Medium Dave

1 Year Ago

He can be kinda cunty, but tends to be very sound in his logic far more often than not. I'm a prett.. read more
always makes you wonder i guess,who and what,maybees and could bees

Posted 1 Year Ago


0 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I would rather be a mother hen and too soft than hard with a ice chip for a heart. Being a pall bearer for ones you know is hard, not sure how I would feel if it was someone I didn't know, but I am an emotional person so who knows. I really liked this, a story and a poem all in one wrapper, its a great thing when you can sum up that much of one mans life in such a short space. Great writing!

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thanks Crowley, chuffed you enjoyed the read
No ...it isn't. It is a fair depiction of life as we live it... quite for real.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thanks for reading and commenting Chris.
fiction can still make some of us hard men shed a tear or two... and this damn it .. or rather these words, just goes to prove my point.. N

Posted 1 Year Ago


Neville

1 Year Ago

pleasure, kind of.. I think you know what I mean.. have a great Monday :)
Gee

1 Year Ago

You too...got a stinking cold :))
Neville

1 Year Ago

am just getting over one... a cold that is :)
Hmmm....the life of a funeral director? I don't think someone can be too feeling...too empathetic. I know you said this is fiction, but I liked it. Good character study! Lydi**

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thanks Lydia
"they always come home, are adopted for life" -- this hit me, I loved this whole piece but this line stood out.
Don't delete it! I think it's powerful and thought provoking and full of emotion.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Gee

1 Year Ago

Thanks Lilly

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Added on January 11, 2019
Last Updated on January 14, 2019
Tags: Death, feelings, tears

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